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How to vectorize a logo

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How to vectorize a logo: When designing the logo of an Internet site or a company, it must be borne in mind that the image being created will be used in multiple contexts. This means that you need to create a dynamic logo that can be used in images of any size without losing quality or being unrecognizable if enlarged or reduced compared to its standard size.

To do this, we usually use the Vector graphics which allows, in fact, to obtain “clear” and “elastic” images, that is, they can be reduced and above all enlarged to infinity without becoming grainy or losing quality. But how do you do it when you have already created a logo in standard format and you want to transform it into a vector image? Follow my guide on how to vectorize a logo and you will find out.

In the next few paragraphs, I’ll show you how to do this with Illustratorthe vector graphics software from Adobe, and also with photo editing programs such as Photoshop And GIMP (even if they are less suitable for the purpose). And if you want to act directly from the browser, know that you can also use ad hoc online services. If you’re ready to get started, I’d say don’t waste any more time chatting and get started right away. Happy reading and, above all, have fun!

How to vectorize a logo with Illustrator

The first thing you need to do for vectorize a logo with Illustrator is to start the Adobe vector graphics application and create a new worksheet by pressing the button Create new …. In the window that opens, select the item Pixel from the drop-down menu for the unit of measurement to use, set as Length And Height of the worksheet the size of the logo you want to transform into vector graphics and presses the button Create to complete the operation.

Once the Illustrator worksheet is open, you need to import the logo into it to transform into a vector element. To do this, you need to click on the item Insert… of the menu File of the program (above) and select the standard image (in JPG, PNG or GIF format) containing the logo to be vectorized. Even if the imported logo doesn’t seem to match the size of the paper, don’t worry, it will automatically fix itself when you save the image in vector format.

Now comes the important part. To start vectorizing the image you imported into Adobe Illustrator, go to the menu Window program (top) and select the item Trace image. In the window that opens, choose the type of tracing you want to apply from the menu Property (ex. High fidelity photo, 16 Colors, etc.), based on the result you want to achieve. From the drop-down menu Methodthen, select the options Color, Grayscale or Black and whitedepending on whether you want to get a color or black and white logo.

At this point, expand the menu ▾ Advanced present in the box Trace image and “plays” a little with values Paths, Corners And I disturb to try to get a logo as detailed and faithful to the original as possible, then put the check mark on the box Ignore white if your logo has a white background. When you are satisfied with what you see in the preview, press the button Trace and your logo will be transformed into a vector type image.

The most is done. Now all you have to do is file any imperfections of the vector logo using the drawing tools that you find in the left sidebar of Illustrator (eg. brush, colorsetc.) and, when you are satisfied with the result, save your vector logo by selecting the item Save with name… from the menu File of Illustrator. In the window that opens, then indicate the folder in which to save the logo, select the item SVG from the drop-down menu Guy and click on the button OK to complete the operation.

For more information on how to vectorize with Illustrator and how to use Illustrator, read the guides I just linked to you.

How to vectorize a logo with Photoshop

Always staying at Adobe, let’s see how to vectorize a logo using Photoshopalthough it must be said that, being a photo editing software, it is less suitable for the purpose than its closest “relative” (or Illustrator).

To proceed, first start the software on your computer, press the button Create new … and, in the window that opens, select the item Pixel from the drop-down menu concerning the reference unit of measurement to use and set as Length And Height of the worksheet the dimensions of the image in which the logo to be vectorized is depicted and then presses the button Create.

At this point, open the menu Fileselect the item You open… and choose the image in which the logo you want to act on is present. Once imported into Photoshop, remove image background: to do this, right click on the Lasso tool present in the toolbar on the left, select the item magnetic lasso and make a selection of the logo that is as accurate as possible. Then, on the button Refine Edge at the top right and adjust the bars radius, Round up, Fade, etc. to refine the selection made

To remove the background, then, right click anywhere in the selection you just created, choose the item Select reverse from the menu that opens and press the key Del / Backspace on the keyboard. In the window that opens, then select the color White from the drop-down menu Content and presses the button OK to erase the background of the image.

After this first operation, you can finally proceed to vectorize the logo. To proceed, go to the menu Image> Adjustments (top) and select the tool Theshold. In the pane that opens, move the cursor In the best threshold point and presses the button OK to save the changes made. If you don’t get satisfactory results, go to the menu Filter> Filter Gallery and apply one of the filters among those in the section Sketch and then try to use the tool again Theshold to better define the image.

Now, open the panel of levelsright click on the level name related to your image and select the item Blending options … from the menu that opens. Then select the item Blending optionsmoves the first adjustment bar located under the heading to the left Fund if and presses the button OK to save the changes made.

Then go to the menu Level> New> Level …set the option Nobody from the drop-down menu Color and presses the button OK to create a new layer with the transparent background. Now, right click on the created layer and select the item Merge Visible from the menu that opens to merge the two levels.

When finished, go to the menu File> Export> Export As …select the option SVG from the menu Format located at the top right and presses the button Export everything to choose the location to save the logo in vector format.

For more information on how to vectorize with Photoshop and how to use Photoshop, read the guides I just linked to.

How to vectorize a logo with GIMP

You want to vectorize an image with GIMP? Also in this case, it is a photo editing software (free and open source, unlike Photoshop), know that it was not designed to do this kind of work and, in fact, it does not offer the possibility to save images in SVG . If you want to proceed with GIMP, then, you will then have to use some online service to convert the image to vector. That said, if you are still willing to proceed, you will find everything explained below.

First, download the program to your computer (if you haven’t already) by connecting to his website and pressing the button first Download x.xx.x and then on that Download GIMP x.xx.x directly placed on the right. When the download is complete, open the file you obtained and follow the wizard to complete the installation of the program.

If you use Windowsthen presses the button Yup and then on OK, Install And end. If you use a Macinstead, drag the GIMP icon into the folder Applications macOS, right-click on the program icon and select the item You open from the menu that opens twice in a row (you have to do this operation only at the first start of GIMP to “override” the restrictions imposed by Apple on software from non-certified sources).

After installing and starting the program, open the file related to the logo you want to vectorize from the menu File> Open. Now you have to delete, if necessary, the background present in the image: recall, therefore, it Foreground selection tool (the icon oflittle man) from the toolbar on the left and trace the contours of the logo. After selecting the logo, use the mouse cursor to mark the area you want to keep and press Enter on the keyboard to activate the selection just made.

Now, right click on the logo present in the image you are editing and select the items Select> Invert from the menu that appears. Then press the button Canc on the PC keyboard and the background of the image will be deleted leaving visible only the portion of the image that you marked just now. Now, go to the menu Colorsclick on the item Desaturation to apply grayscale to the image and then select the item Posterize from the same menu.

In the box that appears on the screen, move the cursor located next to the item Posterization level on the level you prefer (I advise you not to use too high levels, otherwise you will get an unpleasant result) and then press the button OK.

At this point, go to the menu File> Export and exports the job in the format PNG (as I told you, GIMP does not support SVG format). Then go up This Pagepresses the button Choose Files and upload the PNG format image you retouched with GIMP. Then put the check mark on the box Monochrome from the form you see on the screen and click on the button Start conversion to convert and download the image in SVG format. Simple, right?

For more information on how to vectorize with GIMP and how to use GIMP, read the guides I just linked to.

How to vectorize an online logo


As I mentioned at the beginning, in addition to using the aforementioned programs, it is possible to vectorize an online logo using free Web applications. One of them is Vectorizer.io which, as its name suggests, was specifically designed to do this kind of work directly in the browser.

To use it, connect to his main pagepresses the button Upload image and select the image related to the logo you want to vectorize. Next, expand the drop-down menu Presetsselect one of the styles you prefer (eg. Tatoo) and, if you deem it necessary, customize the parameters regarding the colors that must make up the vector image using the buttons and menus you see below.

When you are satisfied with the work done, press the button Download located under the vector image preview on the right, so as to download the logo in SVG format. Easier than that ?!